EU diplomacy looking forward towards elections in Kenya

20.06.2017. Brussels. Today the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini met with Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya.

The forthcoming general elections in Kenya on 8 August 2017 were discussed. Amina Mohamed welcomed the deployment of the EU Election Observation Mission to contribute to transparent, credible and peaceful elections, while the EU diplomat confirmed the bloc’s commitment to be a key partner of Kenya.

The EU diplomat recognised Kenya’s significant role in hosting refugees from Somalia and South Sudan and ensured that the EU will continue to support Kenya in this respect.

Mogherini underlined that Kenya is also playing a crucial role in the region in terms of peace and security. The EU will remain a staunch supporter of this work  including AMISOM, the African Union peace keeping force in Somalia, in full recognition that a stable and peaceful Somalia is crucial for the security of the region and in view of a sustainable solution to the refugee situation.

As regards economic integration within East Africa and trade cooperation with the EU, they touched upon the state of play of EU-East African Community Economic Partnership Agreement.

The EU looks forward to a reinforced partnership with Kenya after the conduct of the upcoming elections in August.

Forward towards Sahel G5 joint force!

Luxembourg, 19.06.2017. Today, the Council adopted conclusions on Mali and the Sahel recalling its strong integrated approach towards achieving stabilisation of the region. This approach includes full range of relevant instruments in the field of diplomacy, long-term development cooperation, support to human rights, stabilisation efforts, resilience building, humanitarian assistance, migration management and security, including CSDP missions.

The Council strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Bamako.

The Council reiterates its full support to the implementation of the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, with full involvement of civil society, women and youth, as the only way to restore peace and security in the country. The High Representative’s participation on 5 June 2017 to the Comité de suivi de l’accord de paix (CSA) in Bamako confirms the strong commitment of the EU to the agreement. The EU also encourages an enhanced engagement of the G5 Sahel countries in the Malian peace process.

The EU commends the political leadership of the G5 Sahel countries, ECOWAS and the African Union in their efforts to support regional security, development and reconciliation. The EU welcomes the initiative of the Heads of State of the G5 Sahel on the establishment of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The EU has been the first to announce a financial contribution, with EUR 50 million as planned support to this initiative.

EU observation mission to Kenya

In response to an invitation by the Kenyan authorities, the European Union has decided to deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Kenya to observe the general elections scheduled for 8 August. Former EU EOM recommendations have played a role in promoting political dialogue and the consolidation of democracy in Kenya.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has appointed Ms. Marietje Schaake Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer.

The EU and Kenya are log standing partners, with 2017 marking 40 years of our cooperation. This is the fourth time that the European Union observes general elections in Kenya, reflecting our common work to credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country, since our political dialogue and cooperation strategy focusses on supporting good governance. This year’s general elections are foreseen to be very competitive and we are committed to give an important contribution to the electoral process through the Electoral Observation Mission led by Chief Observer Schaake (pictured). We expect the rule of law will prevail with all parties resolving any possible election disputes through dialogue and available legal remedies” – Federica Mogherini said.

 

I am honoured to lead the EU EOM to Kenya. The forthcoming general elections will be another defining moment in Kenya’s democratic development. Kenya has already achieved impressive progress in terms of democratisation and good governance. I trust the Kenyan people will express their political choices in a peaceful and calm environment, thus confirming the significance of democratic institutions. The August polls can further consolidate the democratic record through well-run, transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections, with all sides refraining from any actions or statements that may incite violence”- the Chief Observer, Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Schaake (ALDE, NL), declared.

Kenya HR

 

 

L’UE: 50 millions pour Sahel

BAMBKO. 50 millions d’euros seront débloqués pour soutenir l’action des pays du G5 Sahel pour améliorer les conditions de sécurité et la coopération transfrontalière, a annoncé l’UE aujourd’hui.

 

Ce soutien contribuera à la mise en place effective de la Force conjointe du G5 Sahel qui incluera des forces du Mali, de la Mauritanie, du Niger, du Burkina Faso et du Tchad et sera opérationnelle dans les cinq pays. Cette initiative vise à renforcer les actions en matière de sécurité, notamment des zones frontalières.

Cette annonce a été faite par la Haute Représentante Federica Mogherini qui participe à la troisième rencontre ministérielle l’UE-G5 Sahel dans le cadre de sa première visite officielle au Mali.

“La stabilité et le développement de la région du Sahel sont cruciaux non seulement pour l’Afrique mais aussi pour l’Europe. Nous sommes voisins et tout ce qui se passe sur l’un de nos continents a un impact sur l’autre. Nous devons unir nos forces pour lutter contre le terrorisme, les trafics de toutes sortes, y compris d’êtres humains, et une meilleure gestion des frontières. La coopération entre les pays du G5 Sahel est la clé du succès pour sécuriser le territoire du Sahel. Notre soutien à la force conjointe annoncé aujourd’hui montre qu’ils peuvent compter sur nous” à déclaré la HR/VP Mogherini. “Garantir la sécurité de la région est aussi une condition indispensable pour le développement de la région. Nous menons en parallèle des actions complémentaires d’aide à la création d’emplois, à la formation ou la santé des populations. Nous allons continuer d’investir dans le développement de l’Afrique, car c’est un investissement sur notre avenir commun.”

Mme Mogherini a ensuite participé à une rencontre avec environ 100 jeunes issus de la région du Sahel, du Maghreb, des groupes de la diaspora en Europe et de jeunes Européens. La discussion a porté sur les opportunités que l’UE et l’Afrique peuvent apporter à la jeunesse et sur la façon de faire de la jeunesse la force motrice du développement du continent.

Cette rencontre s’inscrit également dans le cadre du prochain Sommet Afrique-UE qui se tiendra en Côte d’Ivoire les 29 et 30 novembre prochains, et dont le thème principal sera la jeunesse. (PHOTO:  Abderrahmane SYLLA et Federcia Mogherini, Bruxelles, 19.05.2017)

ECOWAS in controversy

The 51st ordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Saturday, 3 of June.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address the ECOWAS meeting, the first time a non-African leader has been asked to speak to the event.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI canceled his participation at the summit in protest at Netanyahu’s presence.

Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the monarch “wants his first presence at an ECOWAS summit not to take place in a context of tension and controversy, and wants to avoid any confusion.”

“Over the last few days, key ECOWAS member states have decided to reduce their level of representation at the summit due to their disagreement with the invitation handed to the Israeli prime minister. Other member states also expressed their astonishment at this invitation,” it added.

The EU was presented by its top diplomat Federica Mogherini:

L’UE sur l’attaque à Tombouctou

“Aujourd’hui encore, les forces de la paix ont été prises pour cible par ceux qui veulent semer la peur et la division. L’attaque perpétrée à Tombouctou, Mali, contre un camp de la MINUSMA et de la Force Barkhane est une attaque contre tous ceux qui s’engagent à ramener la paix et la stabilité dans le Nord Mali, dont la France, l’Union européenne et la communauté internationale à travers les Nations unies. Les responsables de cette attaque doivent être arrêtés et poursuivis en justice,” – a dit la Déclaration de la Haute Représentante Federica Mogherini sur l’attaque d’un camp de la MINUSMA au Mali.

 

 

 

“L’UE adresse ses vœux de prompt rétablissement aux victimes et à leurs familles, et réaffirme son plein soutien à la France et l’Opération Barkhane, ainsi qu’à la MINUSMA, indispensables partenaires pour le rétablissement de la paix au Mali.”

“Nous continuerons à travailler ensembles, aux côtés du Mali, pour permettre aux populations de vivre en sécurité et de lutter contre le terrorisme. Je porterai ce message d’unité et de détermination lors de ma visite à Bamako dans quelques jours.”

 

EU “committed to Libya”

The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.

JOINT COMMUNIQUE:
1. The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.

2. The meeting was chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Ms. Federica Mogherini and attended by the AU High Representative for Libya, former President Jakaya Kikwete, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Mr. Martin Kobler.
3. The Quartet reiterated its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya and its institutions under the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat while renewing its call to cease contacts with parallel institutions outside the Libyan Political Agreement. It underscored the urgent need for a Libyan-led peaceful resolution of the political crisis and reiterated its rejection of the threat or use of armed force by any Libyan party as well as any foreign military intervention in Libya. (Full text at the site of the EEAS).